is this the one you meant Grace?
top strip of mauve fabric added 'later' I think it works, a lot of reflections in piece and on glass.....
the mauve is cotton, soy mordant, dipped into acorn-tin-can dye overnight with coins clamped
|I call this one 'the small house (sewn with two shades of pink)'|
I'm now thinking what if I did a whole bunch of these and laid them out on the floor of an empty space (which I don't have)
a flat pack home of sorts, make do, temporary living, tents....moving moving, lots of associations from such a small piece
|went to the vet's on Monday and this afternoon, it's bad news I'm afraid; Tungsten's blood values show his red blood cell count is way too high and today this reading was confirmed with an ultrasound, one of his kidney's in a bad way, all this means is that T is not well, he's lost weight because he doesn't want to eat much (always a bad sign with a labrador, the main reason in fact I decided to go to the vet) there's no real treatment, anything that could be done would only be a postponement of the inevitable; what really hurts is the fact that we have to decide for him when enough is enough|
|I stitched a dog even before basting on the right, I had to give form to the ache|
|basting follows cloth|
|I follow dog|
|forever I associate these blue-prints with the sea and therefore with Denmark as that is where I was as a child in summertime, or so it seems; memory is funny and arbitrary; it doesn't matter..this is how the story telling works and why for me the cloth becomes meaningful in ways no one else would see; I do hope others see their own story, of course|
|squares stamped with the walnut dye|
|clamp resist (well that was the intention) in the dye resulting from the water used for soaking the acorns (the shelled acorns I used for making flour), the soaking extracts the tannins, to which was added a rusty tin can which stood in the pot for appr. a week, the acorn-iron-dye turns fabric mauve! now that is an exciting result; the darker bit was a pre-dyed bit, cannot remember what it was in before|
|the organized chaos on the work bench|
note the print of Jude's post the other day with her quote: 'Art might simply be the awareness of how we might create self. That we do. What happens, and then, what we do about it. The story. And the expression of that.'
|what we do|
|hiding behind what I do|
|this small cloth simply titled 'the Hare' is a birthday present for J. (not my science friend) another J who's partner N gave me the Press|
|same Hare-piece hanging....|
|and yet again how a piece might happen, printed and dyed cloth coming together|
|this is what autumn looks like in the misty mornings|
|present for self found this morning|
|still do not have a title for this one, it is done though|
|i've incorporated a printed sun and stamped a vague square background for the sun, which btw is stitched with a running stitch without knots|
|cooking & sleeping: looks like Tungsten's got the hang of Grace's WhatIf-post today!|
|don your specs in order to better see the results|
|white on left and black print on the right, the lighter spots seem more dominant in the photo than in real life, the lighting is pretty lousy indoors today and going out is not an option: we've had rain non-stop since last night, it has been grey and dark all day|
|I thought I might try out a smaller version; I've printed the same bit 4 times on the fabric, with a 90 degrees twist with each print resulting in a puzzle square!|
My good friend J. popped over this afternoon to give me a private chemistry class!! pretty exciting huh; as I have mentioned before, I sucked at chemistry in school and now that I'm into dyeing I have finally discovered that it can be a really cool and interesting subject and more importantly it has become relevant to my life (of course it has always been that, just not so that I'ld notice) It's not so much that I want to know everything there is to know about chemistry, I want to get to grips with the dyeing. There are just so many things I don't really understand. Today I have learnt about acids and alkalines and ph neutral and your everyday table salts, ahem. The plusses and minusses of the elements are attracted to each other and why and how dyes would want to attach themselves to animal and vegetable fibres in different ways has all to do with how the fibres are built up. Why a fabric might need a mordant. How to fix the dye?! What's the point of wanting to understand? For me, I hope it will help me achieve better dyeing results, it's a lot of fun doing it with her as she knows so much and together we're learning about the mysteries of dyeing.
|by the way: we do like the blue|